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by Lev Tsypin
There are already some very established "Drupal distributions":http://drupal.org/node/326175 such as "OpenAtrium":http://openatrium.com (project management), "Managing News":http://managingnews.com (aggregation), "Drupal Commons":http://commons.acq... (social network) and many more. The dominent business model evolving around these products is providing commercial support, much like RedHat does for Linux.
But there are other avenues as well, including getting a set fee each time a distribution is used on a managed infrastructure stack such as "Acquia's":http://acquia.com/products-services and even "through acquisition":http://developmentseed.org/blog/2011/feb/22/open-atrium-and-managing-news-acquired.
"ThinkShout":http://thinkshout.com has a distribution for conservation groups called "WaterShed Now":http://drupal.org/project/watershednow that is already in use by over a dozen organizations and we're working on another one with Shomeya called "RedHen":http://redhencrm.com/, an open source CRM built natively with Drupal 7.
This talk will cover some light technical details about Drupal distributions and how they work, how some of the more prominent distros are fairing in the wild, and how ThinkShout hopes to capitalize on the one's we're working on.
21st–24th June 2011